Gig diary for June
June was a fairly busy month for us gig-wise, here’s what went down…
First up was a joint 70th birthday party in the Masonic Hall in Chipping Sodbury for some close friends of Uncle Al’s. With Stu unavailable we drafted in Greg for this one, and as usual he did a great job on the drums. Uncle Al got a bit annoyed with some people for leaving early (!) but all in all it was a nice evening.
Up next was a wedding at Woodlands Castle near Taunton in Somerset – a new venue for us. We were delighted to bump into friend of the band Ian Lloyd, who was on caricaturist duties…
The first dance was “You’re My Best Friend”, and we managed to squeeze in a first set before 9pm when the taco van (taco vans are the new thing we reckon) started serving! Chris also found some bottles of Peroni in a wheelbarrow (as you do), which went down well.
The large permanent marquee we were in was great sound-wise, but we did need to finish playing live by 10.30 – which kept the neighbours happy, but was also kind of when everyone started to get in to the party spirit! Oh well, we stuck the disco on and dealt with various guests complaining that we’d stopped so early. It was a really good night though, well done everyone.
On Tuesday 18th June we headed into central Bristol for a dinner dance at the Bristol Harbour Hotel at the top of Corn Street. It was a good work out getting all the gear into the main hall (see above), but we managed to get ourselves set up before guests began arriving. It was then time to relax in the restaurant, have some food and a beer, before hitting the stage around 10.15 – amazingly, as planned!
Loads of people hit the dance floor from the first few bars of our opening song, and the dance floor remained packed right up until the end of our live performance, which took things almost up to midnight. There was enough time for the disco to play and one chap to brilliantly sing along to New York New York, finishing the night in style.
The following weekend it was FAB Ball time. It turns out this was our 10th (TENTH!) FAB Ball, which is quite a scary thought. It’s always a great night, and despite a slow start on the dancing front we eventually got everyone up during a marathon 2hr+ set. Maybe they factored in that we’d play for ages and simply bided their time!? Either way it was a cracking night, with lots of money raised for the Frenchay Afterburns Unit.
The final (and quite warm) weekend of the month saw us play two more successful gigs. On the Friday we found ourselves in a garden in Westbury-on-Trym, setting up in an impressive marquee and right next to an apple tree… Greg was back in for this one, and his compact kit slotted in nicely!
It was a very chilled out evening bash to celebrate various important family events happening over the weekend including a 50th birthday, renewal of wedding vows and even a christening! In between our sets we were able to tuck into the splendid buffet, and we naturally got everyone involved in Hey Jude (and the subsequent Sweet Caroline) at the end of our live stuff.
The next evening we hooked back up with Stu for wedding band duties at Berwick Lodge (above). This was a more conventional gig, and we kicked things off with a specially learned version of “You Are the Reason” by Callum Scott for the first dance. This was swiftly followed by “What A Wonderful World” for the Father/Daughter dance along with the rest of our first set. Despite the warm weather, plenty of folk stayed inside for a dance.
The second set also went well, and after a suitably restrained shout of “more” from the nice polite crowd we even knocked out an encore. The disco kept the remaining guests entertained up until midnight, thus completing a rather good June for the Moonies. Congrats, many happy returns, etc to everyone we played for!